MIDDLE EAST: Intransigence as Policy

Jerusalem springs a surprise interpretation of 242

As he shuttled back and forth between Jerusalem and Cairo last week, U.S.

Ambassador Alfred ("Roy") Atherton suffered a rude shock. The man who administered it was Israeli Premier Menachem Begin. While discussing the stalled peace negotiations, Begin told Atherton that he believed United Nations Resolution 242, which, among other things, calls for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from occupied territories, does not apply to the West Bank. Begin's curious argument: under the terms of 242, the Israelis need withdraw only from territories whose sovereignty...

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